The truth can finally be revealed: When famous children's book writer Mac Barnett was a kid, he was recruited to be a spy. (Like some kids are.) But Mac was recruited to be a spy by none other than the Queen of England. She recruited him to find the crown jewels (well, actually just a missing Coronation Spoon) and so Mac embarked on his first adventure as a secret agent--with the assurance that the Queen would give him a note excusing him from school.
Maybe Mac Undercover has to be called "fiction" for legal reasons, but we know it's really a memoir, and kids who love humor and are just moving into the world of chapter books are going to love this new series as much as we do. Please join us for a book release party. We would serve crumpets, but we are not sure what crumpets are, really, so we will resort to cake.
Abby Hanlon, author of the Dory Fantasmagory series, says of Mac's new book, "With a perfectly absurd premise, dialogue that demands outlandish accents, and a plot that interweaves global history and complete silliness, Barnett royally nails it."
Can't make it to the event? Call us at 847-446-8880, and we'll be happy to arrange an autographed copy for you.
Mac Barnett is the author of several books for children, including Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse, a New York Times bestseller, and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of the E. B. White Read Aloud Award. He is the co-author, with Jory John, of the New York Times best-selling series The Terrible Two. Mac Barnett lives in California, so it's not like you can see him every day. Unless you are going to the West Coast soon, you'd better just come see him at The Book Stall instead.
Before Mac Barnett was an author, he was a kid.
And while he was a kid, he was a spy.
Not just any spy.
But a spy...for the Queen of England.